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2021 Women’s College World Series preview: Oklahoma Sooners

Photo: Chamberlain Smith/MSU Athletics

The 2021 NCAA Softball Tournament is coming to a close as the 2021 Women’s College World Series is set to start. Get to know each of the eight teams in Oklahoma City who are hoping to head home with a national championship next week.

For the 14th time in their history, the Oklahoma Sooners have made it to the Women’s College World Series. Despite the fact that OU hasn’t been able to snag a national title in the past couple of times it’s been to the WCWS, the Sooners certainly have a shot at coming out on top this year.

The Sooners have scored at will all yearlong and that certainly continued on into the 2021 NCAA Softball Tournament. During the five games it has played in the NCAA Softball Tournament, Oklahoma has outscored its foes 63-15.

Oklahoma will be hard for anyone to stop, and that includes even the best teams in the country. The seven other teams in the Women’s College World Series will need to play perfect softball to be able to keep up with OU.

Here’s what you need to know about the Oklahoma Sooners:

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Record:

50-2 overall, 16-1 conference

Regional results:

  • May 21 vs. Morgan State – W, 19-0 (5 innings)
  • May 22 vs. Wichita State – W, 7-5
  • May 23 vs. Wichita State – W, 24-7

Super Regional results:

  • Game one: May 28 vs. Washington – W, 4-2
  • Game two: May 29 vs. Washington – W, 9-1 (5 innings)

Players to watch:

  • Jocelyn Alo – .487 batting average, 30 home runs, 82 RBIs.
  • Tiare Jennings – .485 batting average, 25 home runs, 84 RBIs.
  • Kinzie Hansen – .453 batting average, 21 home runs, 58 RBIs.

Final thoughts:

The Women’s College World Series begins with a double-elimination mini-tournament and then heads into a best-of-three series. That means, to be eliminated, a team has to be beaten twice in the mini-tournament or twice in the championship series.

Oklahoma has only been beaten twice all season and it’s not a stretch to expect the Sooners to make it all the way through without falling twice in the WCWS.

CHECK OUT THE FULL WCWS SCHEDULE HERE.

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